No. 5 Terrapins Women's Lacrosse Upset No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers, 8-5
Senior midfielder #27 Dana Dobbie celebrates her second of three goals tonight with 13:49 remaining in the first half. Maryland went on to win 8-5 over Virginia at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park MD on March 4, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior midfielder Dana Dobbie recorded 3 goals, 1 assist, and 1 draw control as the No. 5 ranked Maryland Terrapins sent the No. 2 ranked Cavaliers back to Charlottesville with a 8-5 loss in a game televised on CSTV.  Tuesday evening's game came under the threat of flood, tornadoes, and wind but the Terrapin women emerged from the huddle on time and prepared for their home opener.

The Maryland women recently suffered a heartbreaker loss in Durham at the hands of Jess Adam, who scored with three seconds left to give the Blue Devils a 14-13 advantage on Saturday.  Prior to the Duke matchup the Terrapins had been successful in early season play with key victories over Massachusetts and Boston College, both away games.

This evening's highly anticipated matchup brought out the Maryland faithful as well as the Virginia alums who packed foul-weather gear and umbrellas to protect against the inclement conditions.  But none of that was necessary as both sets of fans were treated to a respite from the day's rain while the two teams competed on the field.

Maryland asserted itself quickly, scoring just 30 seconds into the first half when senior Kelly Kasper won the game's first draw and found sophomore Caitlyn McFadden upfield.  McFadden flicked a shot, beating Kendall McBrearty and opening up the score 1-0 in favor of the home team.

Dana Dobbie then won the following draw and the Terrapin offense swarmed the Cavalier defensive zone.  After a few orbits featuring sharp passes amongst the attackers the ball settled into the stick of Katie Princiotto, who found Dana Dobbie for her 11th point of the season.  Having played less than 3 minutes the underdog Terrapins were up 2-0 and a stunned Virginia section was eerily silent.

Maryland senior goalkeeper, and St Mary's HS graduate, Allie Buote made her first save of the evening shortly thereafter at the 26:32 mark when Megan O'Malley took a free-position shot after a penalty was called.  The momentum from the save carried over into the defense and Maryland was able to hold off the attack for another several minutes.

Roughly 13 minutes later the Terrapin offense was ignited off an unassisted goal by Dana Dobbie with 13:49 remaining, giving the Terps a 3-0 lead.  Virginia won the ensuing draw and carried the ball into Terrapin territory, leading up to a shot by Megan O'Malley.  Buote came up with another stop and cleared the ball out to Casey Magor sprinting towards midfield.  The 5'5" attacker from Australia made her way all the way through the midfield and deep into Virginia territory, weaving her way through defenders, before finding the back of the net and making it a 4-0 Maryland margin with 12:12 remaining in the half.

Virginia went on a 31 second 2 point run with under 6 minutes remaining on a pair of goals by Brittany Kalkstein and Ashley McCulloch, forcing a 4-2 half time situation.

Dobbie went to midfield for the opening draw of the second half and came up with a win.  Virginia forced a potential turnover that caused the ball to scramble around and senior Lauren Cohen scooped it up and headed for the open field.  She managed to work past 3 defenders before finding a spot to launch her shot and made it good giving the Terps a 5-2 lead with only 7 seconds elapsing off the clock.

Cohen was not yet finished and added a second tally a little over a minute later when she again juked out the Virginia defense at midfield, got open, and scored to make it 6-2.

Kaitlin Duff from Virginia scored a pair of goals over the next 10 minutes to put Virginia back into contention for a win, making it a 6-4 game.  But it was Terrapin Dana Dobbie who finished things up for the Terps by scoring the 7-4 insurance goal with 10:02 remaining off a pass by fellow senior Kelly Kasper.  It was Kasper who set up the goal with a tricky pass from behind the goal that set up Dobbie's shot. Keeper McBrearty didn't have much of a chance to make a save.

A goal with 9:05 remaining by Megan O'Malley from Virginia created a 7-5 Maryland margin, and with plenty of time left on the clock there was opportunity for a Cavalier comeback.  The Terrapins looked to solid ball handling and burned nearly five minutes off the clock while orbiting the Cavalier cage.  Virginia eventually forced a turnover and cleared it into Terrapin territory but failed to score.  Maryland regained possession and restarted the protection offense, but coaching by the Cavalier staff produced a more aggressive Virginia defense.

With more activity around the Virginia goal the Terrapins were able to open up holes, and Lauren Cohen found sophomore Amanda Spinnenweber loosely guarded in front of an open Cavalier net.  Spinnenweber put the ball in for the 8-5 score with 48 seconds remaining and the fans knew the game was in the books.

As the closing seconds drew off the game clock the Terrapin bench emptied onto the field to congratulate the senior team on the win. The Terps are now in their second season with Head Coach Cathy Reese at the helm and have managed to scrape together an impressive record against top ranked teams.  Last season the Terps knocked off No. 2 ranked Duke on March 3rd at Ludwig Field and then followed that up with a win over the No. 1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels while playing in Byrd Stadium.  This evening's defeat over the No. 2 ranked Cavaliers is the third such top-ranked win for the program under the command of Reese.

Maryland (3-1, 2-1 ACC) has little time to rest before they host No. 12 James Madison at noon on Saturday at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.